Belle Toujours (2006)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Portugal/France, 2006.  Filbox Produções, Les Films d’Ici, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.  Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira.  Cinematography by Sabine Lancelin.  Produced by Miguel Cadilhe.  Music by Lawrence Foster.  Production Design by Christian Marti.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Valerie Loiseleux.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006. … More Belle Toujours (2006)

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Go Go G-Boys (Dang wo men tong zai yi qi) (2006)

JONG-JONG YU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Taiwan, 2006.  Times Entertainment, Sky Digi Entertainment.  Cinematography by Yi-Mao Su.   Incomprehensible nonsense about a young man who needs money to pay off his girlfriend’s debts.  He sees the perfect opportunity in a reality TV beauty and music contest for gay men that his best friend is entering, deciding to hide … More Go Go G-Boys (Dang wo men tong zai yi qi) (2006)

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John Tucker Must Die

BBB (out of 5) Charming comedy veers into lowbrow foolishness from time to time but is mostly a pleasant affair. Brittany Snow is weak in the main role as a perpetually ignored teenager who befriends three popular girls at school when she notices that they are all dating the school’s most popular jock student (Jesse Metcalfe). … More John Tucker Must Die

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The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, MP Munich Pape Filmproductions.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hayes.  Film Editing by Kelly Matsumoto, Dallas Puett, Fred Raskin.   Lucas Black has gotten into trouble for the … More The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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Climates (Iklimler)

BBBB (out of 5) Nuri Bilge Ceylan shoots in digital for the first time and the images are crisp and gorgeous in this subtle, sexy romantic drama.  He himself stars with his real-life wife (Ebru Ceylan) as a troubled couple, he a professor and she a television producer, who are having difficulties with intimacy while on … More Climates (Iklimler)

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Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Finland/Germany/France, 2006.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Melrose.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  Aki Kaurismaki goes for film noir in this gorgeously shot piece, played in a minor key.  A shopping mall … More Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006)

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Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

BBB (out of 5) Alan Ayckbourn’s play is given cinematic treatment by perennial experimenter Alain Resnais in this pleasant if not groundbreaking multi-character affair.  Love and loneliness in Paris is the age-old theme being touched upon by a disparate group of individuals who are all linked one way or the other:  real estate agent André … More Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

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